The Bow River is one of Canada’s most iconic spots for lazy river rafting. Its gentle waters and spaciousness make it perfect for floating in, though you can expect a lot of visitors enjoying the three to four-hour ride with you. Most rafters get in at West Baker Park-across the river from Bowness Park.
West Baker Park (hand launch) has a boat ramp to encourage rafters to launch from there.
On weekends Lazy Day raft Rentals will be set up here to assist you in getting in to the river.
Parking, toilets, picnic tables, and garbage bins are available. We recommend the BOW River because at the end of the trip we help you take your raft off the river and haul it back to our shop. We no longer encourage the Elbow River for Rafting as the water levels are too low year round.
Another accessible park on the Bow River is Shouldice Park. Entering at Shouldice shortens the amount of time on the river and back to our shop. Shouldice Park (hand launch) has a boat ramp that is assigned to Emergency Services Vehicle Use. The public can use this site as a hand launch.
There are several points of interest on this float, including beaches, picnic areas, an Olympic Ski jump, beautiful homes, and ducks (please don’t feed them bread).
All parks listed as being on the river and additional information can be found at this link. West Baker Park
Float Times – Float times are a conservative estimate and can vary greatly depending on the water level and flow of the rivers. The Bow River’s water level is normally higher in June and July, and so its flow is also faster at that time.
Shouldice Park to Lazy Day Shop (Sunnyside): Two and a half hours
Edworthy Park to Lazy Day Shop (Sunnyside): One and a half hours
West Baker Park & Bowness Park to Lazy Day Shop (Sunnyside): Four hours
To Calgary Zoo Parking Lot add one hour to your trip from your starting point.
Lazy Day Raft Rentals
Bow River – winds through city of Calgary
Lazy Day Raft Rentals, located in the heart of Downtown Calgary, with easy access to the Bow River, is the easiest and safest way to experience river rafting in Calgary. There’s nothing more relaxing than floating on a river. The gentle moving current, the sun on your face and the cool water below have the uncanny ability to make your troubles disappear, one by one. It seems like nothing in the world can disturb your peace in those few hours.